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Turtle's Penguin Day Hardcover – August 12, 2008


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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 1—This endearing tale traces the activities of a young turtle through a 24-hour period. His father reads a bedtime story about penguins, and Little Turtle takes it all in, the transformation beginning in his dreams. The next morning, he puts his grandfather's black jacket over his head and waddles off to school, book in tow. His friends are delighted. The teacher, who clearly understands the value of a teachable moment, encourages the class of critters to pass balls to each other using just their feet (as penguins do with their eggs) and to slip down the slide on their bellies (again imitating their role models). The fantasy continues through the youngster's evening routines—until his dad opens a volume on monkeys. Cheerful watercolors and expressive line art imbue the matter-of-fact narrative with personality. Gorbachev's compositions range from cameos isolated against expansive white backgrounds to detailed dream sequences bleeding off spreads. This nurturing tale celebrates the inspiration and information found in books, the invention bubbling up from a child who is read to, and the quality of learning that is possible when a teacher seizes the moment. From the cover art mimicking a tuxedo to the penguin facts at the conclusion, the design and content are one.—Wendy Lukehart, Washington DC Public Library
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After hearing a bedtime story about penguins, Little Turtle decides to become one. The next day he dons red slippers and his grandfather’s black jacket and sets off for school, where his teacher, Ms. Dog, and classmates are remarkably accommodating: all day they read penguin books, practice passing balls (the way penguins do with their eggs) and toboggan down the playground slide. That evening Father Turtle chose a new bedtime book—this one all about monkeys—setting the theme for Little Turtle’s next adventure. Gorbachev’s exuberant story and sunny, watercolor-and-ink illustrations present a safe and loving world where imagination is encouraged, teachers have the time (and the inclination) to follow the interests of their students, and bullies (or at the very least party poopers) have been banned. Children are sure to enjoy the spreads featuring Turtle and his classmates diving off the slide and waddling around the classroom wearing jackets over their heads. Appended with a list of penguin facts, this will be a popular read-aloud, especially for those who appreciate the educational value of play. Preschool-Grade 2. --Kay Weisman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 700L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 12, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375843744
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843747
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My 3 year old son loved this book.
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The book provides a good format for discussing reality and pretend.
Calais Loudon
It's a great message as well as an enjoyable story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Calais Loudon on January 21, 2010
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This was a cute story about a turtle who had an imagination. When he was read a story he dreamed and then became like the character in the story. The book provides a good format for discussing reality and pretend. The pictures were colorful and all the characters in the book were animals. What's not to like?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2010
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This book is wonderfully illustrated as well as a story that tells a story. Books can open up a child's mind to learn so many things in their world. With people like parents and teachers using that experience to teach and have fun at the same time, what's not to like? It's a great message as well as an enjoyable story. My class loved the story when I read it to them.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Saeli on October 30, 2008
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Turtle's Penguin Day is a delightful and imaginative story. You will love the way Turtle and his friends become penguins. Children will love this book. Parents: be prepared to help your child become a penguin!
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Little turtle's father reads a story about penguins to him before bed one night and he dreams about being a penguin. Then he has the courage to dress like a penguin despite his Mother's muted attempt to discourage it. He displays great confidence in his decision and leads his entire class and teacher through what he dubs penguin day. His entire class incorporates dress up and imaginative play into their day because of the leadership of little turtle.

My 4 year old son was interested in this book but it did not draw his repeated attention as other books have. It doesn't have many unexpected or silly situations/pictures, which is why I think my son only liked it rather than loved it.

Despite his lack of enthusiasm for the book, I found it to be an excellent tool to reinforce imaginative play and teach him how courage and self confidence can be rewarding.
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